Dow Chemical Co (DOW): Today's Featured Conglomerates Underperformer

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Dow Chemical ( DOW) pushed the Conglomerates sector lower today making it today's featured Conglomerates laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dow Chemical fell 42 cents (-1.3%) to $30.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of Dow Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.86-$31.60 after having opened the day at $31.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.37. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that declined today were: Prime Acquisition ( PACQ), down 4.5%, Lydall ( LDL), down 4.5%, and Steel Partner Holdings ( SPLP), down 2.1%.
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The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies chemical products used as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. Dow Chemical has a market cap of $38.35 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Dow Chemical a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dow Chemical as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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